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Temari balls are a folk art form that originated in China and was introduced to Japan around the 7th century A.D.”Temari” means “hand ball” in Japanese. Historically, temari were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up to form a ball, and then the wad would be wrapped with strips of fabric. As time passed, traditional temari became an art, with the functional stitching becoming more decorative and detailed, until the balls displayed intricate embroidery.

Czytaj dalej

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Paintings by Anne von Freyburg

“The recent works by Anne Von Freyburg explore the operation and inscrutability of aesthetics. The life-size mixed media tableaux show human-like figures in various states of transformation. Following in the footsteps of Western Romanticism, Von Freyburg takes subjective experiences as a starting point for her work. At the same time, she deliberately chooses to apply cliché and symbolic imagery to fit within the new context of the human body. The canvases distinguish themselves by certain rawness where organic textures of embroidery, textiles and crystals are combined with painting and drawing techniques. Playing upon the ambivalence between introspection and outward appearance intrusive images arise, raising questions about beauty as a kind of decoration.” —Neel Diekema

Via: juxtapoz

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It´s done! :D Gosh, finally, haha! After about 150 hours of embroidering(and a little bit of sewing xD), countless leafs and vines and 9 skeins of embroidery thread, Dagmars handembroidered coat is done! :D Now, on to the skirt! 8D ..which will of course be handembroidered too, did you expect anything different? ;)

The coat is made from black linen, handembroidered with cotton thread :)

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be still my crystal heart…

wip photos of these lovelylovely little crystal hearts. available in my etsy shop as sew on patches or brooches in a choice of colours. not your favourite colour? request one in your own custom colourway!

Meow, meow, meow! FREE CATS! Our cat alphabet pattern is now available to download for free! Get the details here and start stitching your name on everything in cats. This is a beginner friendly pattern - just backstitch and running stitch. Each cat is 8 stitches tall, which is only about half an inch on 14-count Aida cloth.

We love our patrons for making it possible for us to take time from other projects to put out a free pattern! <3  Become a patron to keep tutorials and free patterns coming! As we reach support milestones, patrons will also get to choose which paid patterns to “set free”. Think of it as giving crafting scholarships to people who can’t afford classes and patterns. 

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Initial applique and reverse applique now complete for the Ganondorf pillow! Now the artistry can begin. I look forward to embroidering this, even though I know it will take me a very long time. In all honesty, this first stage is the most difficult. Making sure the shape sizes are right, cutting around excess material and making sure your applique doesn’t come loose. Sometimes even the back of your project can look as interesting as the front! (final image)